OGLESBY — Larry Huffman will deliver the keynote address at Illinois Valley Community College’s 52nd annual commencement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
Huffman was hired as IVCC’s dean of student development in 1974. He later served as Kankakee Community College’s Executive Vice President for Academic Programs and Services and within a decade was named Kankakee’s president.
He was named as IVCC’s ninth president in 2006, serving until June 2007. In 2009, he returned to KCC as interim president. That same year, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on IVCC’s board and said, “I have a deep-rooted personal interest in IVCC and the Illinois Valley. IVCC has a long, proud history, and I welcome the opportunity to again work with the board, administrators, faculty and staff.” He was later elected to a six year board term that ended in 2017.
Also at commencement, Lara Petersen of Hennepin will read her winning Paul Simon Student Essay and the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gene Montgomery, will perform.
President Jerry Corcoran will welcome graduates and confer certificates and degrees. Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson will present the Class of 2018; 2017-18 student trustee Matt Pehoski of LaSalle will present the invocation; and 2018-19 student trustee Joseph Marenda of Spring Valley will present the benediction.
A total of 245 graduates have elected to participate in the ceremony. For information, visit ivcc.edu/commencement or call Associate Vice President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski at 815-224-0393.